Conditions that Require Hip Implants

Most people who have hip transplants are in their sixties or seventies. But, hip transplants also are done in people as young as in their late teens or as old as in their nineties.

Most hip replacement procedures are done for hip failure due to osteoarthritis in older persons or due to rheumatoid arthritis in persons regardless of age. Intense chronic pain in the hip is often a reason for hip joint replacement.

The most common conditions for hip joint replacement are:


Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis of the hip joint. This form of arthritis usually occurs in people aged 50 and older. It often occurs if you have a family history of osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis can be caused by slight abnormalities in the way the hip developed. The hip bones are normally cushioned by cartilage. When this cartilage thins or wears away, the bones of the joint rub against each other, creating pain and stiffness.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease. Autoimmune means that the immune system, which normally protects the body from foreign substances, such as viruses or bacteria, turns against the body and starts to destroy its own tissues. The disease can occur at any age and affects women more often than men. Joints become warm, painful and stiff. The hips, knees, ankles toes, jaw, neck shoulders, elbows and wrists can be affected. As time passes, joints lose their range of motion and can become deformed.

Traumatic Arthritis

This type of arthritis comes from an injury to the hip that leads to a great deal of pain and degeneration of the joint. Perhaps the joint fractures. If the articular cartilage is torn, the friction between the bones of the joint increases and the joint degenerates.

Avascular Necrosis

Avascular necrosis occurs when the blood supply to the ball of the hip ball-and-socket joint is cut off. This leads to the death of the bone tissue and cartilage. It results in the bones of the joint rubbing together, causing friction and pain when a person moves.

Bone Tumors

Benign and malignant bone tumors can change the shape of the joint so that the bones no longer fit together properly. They also can interrupt the blood supply, which damages bone and cartilage.

Paget's Disease

This disease occurs mostly in the elderly. Bones are in a constant state of breaking down and rebuilding themselves. Paget's disease interferes with this process. At first, more bone is broken down than is built. Eventually, to compensate, the body starts to build bone faster than it breaks down, but the new bone is not healthy. It is softer and weaker and prone to fracture and disfigurement. If the disease affects the pelvis and hip joint, a hip transplant may offer a solution.

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